Dementia Care Matters' Latest News UK


Person Centred Dementia Course in London and Dublin are now available to book for 2018 /2019 click here for more info 

10 Butterfly Homes have been rated as 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission all the reports for the individual homes can be read here 

'The long goodbye - designer Deborah Veale on her father's dementia' to read this article click here

Dunkirk Memorial - Dementia care at home in Somerset run by the Royal British Legion has been branded "exceptional" to read the article click here

The Royal Star & Garter Homes are now in receipt of a Level 1 of The Butterfly Model of Care Quality of Life Accreditation Award for exceptional dementia care.  Congratulations to the Royal Star & Garter Homes for a job well done!

New article published August 15, 2017 on the Senior Housing News site, regarding Isakson Living's recently opened Park Springs community, which has adopted the UK-based Butterfly Household Model of Care, which you can read here.

Forthcoming article in The Journal of Dementia Care, Sept/Oct 2017, by Dr David Sheard - "The Stuff of Life: Why the Quality of Interior Engagement in Care Homes is So Important" 

10th of August, Peter Priednieks, Deputy CEO, launched the 'New Nurse Academy & Training Programme for Staff'  at the Royal British Legion Industries 

Belfast - 2017/2018: We are working with 4 Care Homes and Supported Housing, Sydenham Court, on "The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust" to develop their Culture Change programme in The Butterfly Household Model of Care.

New DCM team member:

- As well as Deborah Evans joining DCM a year ago, having led Butterfly Homes in achieving an amazing transformation in South Wales, we are really pleased that Mike Phillips joined us with a wealth of national experience in dementia care. To read his bio click here.

September 2017: Gwen Coleman delivering "Mattering in Hospital" to The Royal Derby NHS Trust 

New DCM Butterfly Project 2017 - delighted to announce that Guild Care - Haviland House  , Drogheda - Moorehall Lodge - Ireland ,  The Hylands   , Elizabeth Jenkins Place Aged Care Plus Centre  - Australia 

New DCM Butterfly Homes 2017 - The Butterfly Model of Care Quality of Life Accreditation Award has been awarded in 2017 to: Dunkirk Memorial - Royal British Legion - Somerset , Sefton Hall - Southern Health Care - Dawlish


Dr David Sheard 2017 UK Speaking engagements: 

Monday, 18th September: The Salvation Army Coventry - Youell Court, "Feelings Matter Most - The Butterfly Household Model of Care"

Wednesday, 20th September: Dorest Care Association - "Emotional Memory Matters - Transforming Cultures of Care with Butterflies" 


12th UK Dementia Congress : 7th - 9th November 2017

8th November - "Care Homes: Practically 'Outstanding'" - correlations between Butterfly Level 1 Homes and CQC ratings

9th November - 'Question Time Panel',  a chance to have your say, seek opinons and learn from expert discussion on pressing issues in dementia care... Panel including Prof Alistair Burns, University of Manchester, Prof. Dawn Brooker, University of Worcester, Peter Mittler, University of Manchester & David Sheard, Dementia Care Matters

Also on the 9th November: Advanced Workshop: "Beyond Feelings Matter Most to Positive Intentions in Dementia Care - An Advanced Group Workshop" for experienced managers and practitioners seeking more progressed material in dementia care led by David Sheard and Peter Priednieks of Dementia Care Matters 

November 2017: Wales - Port Talbot - " Mattering in Hospital Conference" 

Daren Felgate returns to the UK in September to provide "Leadership Matters in Dementia Care" with Rhondda Cyon Taf 

Peter Priednieks, Deputy CEO, in September leads and facilitates our "Butterfly Training Skills Matter" external course for Trainers held at the Royal Star and Garter Home in Solihull

Launch of The Butterfly Community - The Butterfly Movement can now be easily accessed... everyone in Canada can now join our global online webinar membership site!  For further details please click here  .

Dementia Awareness Week - Dr David Sheard, the worlds' leading dementia care consultant to speak in Windlesham - live interview at BBC Surrey Drive at 5.  To listen to David's interview at 5.43pm please click here. 

Dr David Sheard returns to Ireland spreading butterflies in dementia care...

This is a historic week for Dementia Care Matters as David launches the fourth Butterfly Project with a nursing home provider in Drogheda to introduce The Butterfly Household Model of Care with Moorehall Lodge Drogheda. David will be launching this new Butterfly Project on Monday, 19th June 2017.  For more information please click here.

The Caterer Magazine: please see the link below regarding an article, "How the Butterfly Model for Emotion Based Care Helps Dementia Patients", published in The Caterer Magazine, (1st April 2017), by editor Janet Harmer after her attendance at the NACC Dementia Training Day, London (February 2017) & David’s presentation there:

11th April 2017 - Compassionate Care Day Conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 117 Milltown Road, Shaws Bridge, Belfast, BT8 7XP, for social work and social care staff working with older people.  David Sheard is one of the keynote speakers, along with Tommy Whitelaw, Carer and Dementia Campaigner, Christine Smyth, Director of NI Social Work Strategy for the Department of Health and Dr Denise Tanner, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Birmingham.  Places are limited, so to avoid disappointment, please book as soon as possible.  For further information, please email:, or by no later than Tuesday 28th March 2017.

21st March 2017 - Dementia Forward, 5th Anniversary Conference at Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate. The theme of the day is about demand versus resources and how we need to pull together.  David Sheard is a keynote speaker and his presentation title is "Show Me I Matter - It's Time For Culture Change". Click here for further information.

THE WAYBACK:  Virtual Reality Helping People with Alzheimer's, by The WAYBACK Team — Kickstarter.  David Sheard is involved in this project and it is being put forward for funding through a Kickstarter donation campaign.  Click here for more information.

Person Centred Dementia Care National Courses 2017 -  We will be running courses in London this year to commence in September (London).  For booking forms, course dates and further information click here.

Training Skills Matter 2017 - This year's course will commence in September in Solihull.  For booking forms, course dates and further information click here.

2017 - great to start the New Year now with 6 Butterfly Homes receiving the rating of "Outstanding" from CQC.

Sally Knocker on BBC Radio London with Vanessa Feltz - Sally Knocker talking about Dementia Care live on the BBC.  Please click here to listen to the coverage; Sally talks 36.50min in to the show.


Butterfly Project Launch - Fairview Unit, Southwood Care Centre, Calgary, Canada

We are delighted to announce the launch on 16th of November 2016, of the Butterfly Household Model of Care Project at the Fairview Unit, Southwood Care Centre in Calgary, Canada. Please click here to view CTV media coverage of the event.

Appointment of New Director of Care - Dementia Care Matters: DCM are delighted to announce that Gwen Coleman, who has been a Consultant Trainer for the last three years, has now been appointed as Director of Care at Dementia Care Matters commencing November 2016.

David and Peter are pleased to be returning to work in Canada during November 2016 to launch our next Butterfly Care Home Project in Alberta, speaking at Conferences in Red Deer and Ontario & undertaking 4 Qualitative Observational Audits and 3 Leadership Matters Days.

Announcing the exciting appointment in Canada of our new National Director - DCM Canada.  

David comments: “Building on the success of the first Butterfly Projects in Alberta, it felt the time was right to establish a Canada base to continue our culture change movement in dementia care across Canada.” Press Release click here.

Launch of the Revised Version 2, Butterfly Household Model of Care Checklist - June 2016

Dementia Care Matters' Revised Version 2 Checklist: Inspiring The Butterfly Household Model of Care was launched at the 10th Annual Conference at the University of Guildford on 21st June 2016.  To download a copy please click here.

Dementiaville Series 2015

Due to demand, Dementia Care Matters is excited that Dementiaville, first screened in June 2015, has been extended across the Channel 4 network & is available to watch on catch up TV for a further 6 months.  To watch the series again or to watch any episodes you missed go to go to All 4 - Channel 4 Catch Up TV.


Dementia Care Matters CEO wins National Care Award

“Revolutionising the Culture of Care” has resulted in Dementia Care Matters CEO, Dr David Sheard, being named as Care Personality of the Year at the 16th National Care Awards. 

Presented at an awards ceremony in London on 28th of November, the panel of independent judges commented: “David’s beliefs, values, boundless energy and passion have driven changes, that to many, were only a dream.  His herculean effort has revolutionised the culture of care nationally and internationally.”

Dr Sheard said: “I have always believed that being person centred comes from the inside of us.  Being Care Personality of the Year will make some people smile; they might even say I, sometimes, have too much personality!  On a more serious note, I am honoured that the whole team at Dementia Care Matters, who work so hard to achieve a culture change in care, have been recognised in this way.  We still have a long way to go before even half of all people living with dementia are receiving the kind of care that we know would greatly improve their quality of life, but we have certainly come a long way since we formed Dementia Care Matters, 20 years ago.” 

Dr Sheard heads the internationally renowned dementia care organisation providing service development, training, research and consultancy services to care homes and services across the UK, Ireland, Wales, the U.S, Canada and Australia. 

With offices in Church Road, Hove, its feelings-based care approach is changing the way dementia care is provided.  The organisation’s "Butterfly" approach and "Household Model" have transformed the lives of people living in hundreds of care homes across the UK. 

Care workers in "Butterfly Homes" ensure people have a daily quality of life, which when added to a stimulating environment gives people a sense of purpose.  This results in increased life expectancy, improved well-being and happiness.  Using Dementia Care Matters’ "Household Model", traditional care homes are split into several domestic-looking houses, each with their own front door, which replicates a welcoming home-from-home environment.

Homes that have adopted the approach have reported a substantial reduction in people showing signs of stress behaviours or negative feelings and also, in the number of falls.

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Watch David Sheard on Canadian national news

As part of David Sheard's tour around Canada working with the Alzheimer's Society of Alberta, the Northwest Territories and ICCER, he appeared on Canadian national news on 22nd October 2014.  The piece was about dementia care improvement in Canada & you can watch the clip on the Global News website here.



August 2014

David Sheard delivered his keynote speech as part of the Australian Government Aged Care Quality Agency's conference - 'Better Practice 2014'.  He's spoken at five locations including Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane from the UK, using Skype.

July 2014

Stimulating Hallways Matter - New information to support care homes to balance the development of hallways and comply with fire regulations 

April 2014

NEW RESOURCE - Emotional Risk Assessment (ERA)

David Sheard launched the new Emotional Risk Assessment, (ERA), tool at Dementia Care Matter's 8th Annual Conference in Guildford in April 2014.  ERA is risk assessment tool to measure the risks to people's well-being. Download ERA

January 2014

NEW RESOURCE for staff working in museums and libraries!

This checklist was devised by Dementia Care Matters working in Cumbria as part of the Dementia Strategy initiative in this region.  It identifies areas to develop to help make libraries and museums more welcoming places for people living with dementia and their families, to visit.  The aim of this checklist is to get people talking about the changes they might need to make to support people living with dementia so they can enjoy these services more.  The checklist is aimed at staff and volunteers in museums and libraries, but might also be of interest to those working in other community services like shops, leisure centres and anywhere that brings people together.   Download our checklist       

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